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All saddle pads absorb some shocks, but how much they absorb varies according to the materials used. Here are our tips on making the right choice.
Saddle Pad Material

There are a wide range of choices, so thinking about your riding style can help you narrow down your options.

A Foam Pad

It represents good value for money. It provides good shock absorption. However, it is not recommended for intensive use because foam tends to compress over time.

A Gel Pad

This option is easy to care for and is known for its effectiveness and long lifetime. It also offers good cushioning. Ventilated models allow better perspiration wicking.

A Natural Wool Pad

This is a very effective option as natural wool provides excellent shock absorption. Wool also has the advantage of being very comfortable and breathable and will mould perfectly to the horse's body after just a few uses.